Wednesday, August 01, 2007

The Job life...NOT YET!

Yesterday, Doreen was very emotional and was missing Michigan, friends and her workout buddies. Peter is missing his friends and letting us know how he feels which is sometimes good and sometimes hard to hear. I do miss the worship and playing with Larry and the group so much! I also miss the office talk with the pastors and office workers. I also do not look forward to calling the mortgage companies and looking at the future financial mess that will happen with our home in Michigan. The stress is mounting...

{breath}

Well...I sat in my office this morning and cried to God about His plans. In my daily quiet time with God, I was overcome with the lonelyness of the changes happening in our lives as a family, the emotions of my wife and kids and not to mention the changes that God has shown me for Faith Chapel in my prayer time. He has called us to reach families and to reach out to the lost in anyway possible (anything short of sin). Change is hard on all but change needs to happen because people are dying and going to an eternal punishment without Jesus Christ and we have the answer! I just feel in my spirit that sometimes we are just to involved in what we want and do not see the entire picture.

He has already put burdens on my soul for people in the area. I met a gentleman across the street from the church named Wayne and I hope to talk with him more. I also met my nieghbor, Ray, who did not seem very friendly and cut the grass along the property border to show me the boundries. I need to see them with God's eyes and continue to love them.

I also know that people within the congregation will resist change. My family and I are struggling with that now so why wouldn't the church also struggle. I know I did not come to NJ to argue about change (worship, outreach or color of walls) and I won't do that at all. There is so much to be done and I just want to talk about Jesus to anyone who needs Him dearly.

...And I look at the calander and see James 1:12:

"Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial,
because when he has stood the test,
he will receive the crown of life."
Could it be we are starting to feel a little like Jesus did? He didn't say it would be easy and it isn't. Why should we be surprised. Peter of all people tells us not be surprised at the painful trials that we suffer in 1Peter 4:12-13, 18-19.
"Dear friends,do not be surprised
at the painful trials you are suffering,
as though something strange is happening to you.
But rejoice that you participate in the suffering of Christ,
That you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed...
...And, if it is hard for the righteous to be saved,
what will become of the ungodly and sinners?
So then, those who suffer according to God's will
should commit themselves to their faithful Creator
and continue to do Good."
The job life...not yet...not even close!
...For me and my house, we will serve the
Lord!!!!
ET Ramblings...

2 comments:

matt and joelle said...

We feel your pain and are praying with you....God things are going to happen, just wait on Him!

We miss you terribly all ready and Zach keeps asking when we will visit nana and pop-pop knowing we could visit you too.. He went to a party at lukes last night and when I asked him who was there he rambled a bunch of names and included Peter, then stopped and looked at me and said "what was I thinking" he is just so used to it being that grou of kids......

Stand strong and be Fsithful God will take care of the rest.

Doug Gammage said...

Dear Brother in the Lord,

It stirs my emotions to read of your difficulties and I wish that this would pass quickly. I am so encouraged by your positive outlook knowing this is where God has called you at this moment in time. You and your family are in my prayers and continuing thoughts.
I so often find myself in times of trial and as a dad, being reminded of Proverbs 3:5-6: "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him,and he will make your paths straight."

I can't tell how many times this scripture has served to encourage me personally and I also have shared with my family at varous times in their lives. Praise God!

I'm praying for a miracle for your housing situation! Keep the faith!